Sunday, July 17, 2011

Veg Garden Guru Tours Our Garden

Young social entrepreneur Hannah Moloney recently toured City of Sydney community gardens and the Sustainable Streets-Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project in Myrtle Street, Chippendale, during a whirlwind visit to community food systems in the City and the eastern suburbs.

Hannah was in Sydney to prepare for her new assignment of documenting community food security projects in Zambia for Action Aid. A Tasmanian who produced a DVD for community and schools about food – Eat Well, Grow Well, Hannah has quite a record of achievement, having stimulated community food gardens and school-based food projects in Tasmania. She has been working until recently with Cultivating Community in Melbourne, helping social housing estate residents with design, training and advice to support their community gardens.

In Sydney, Hannah was also the focus of a Transition Sydney Cafe Conversation. Her tour of City of Sydney community gardens was organised by the City’s Community Gardens and Landcare Coordinator, Russ Grayson. She visited the James Street Reserve Community Garden, Charlie’s Garden (Darlington), Newtown Community Garden and the Chippendale community street verge gardens before going on to community programs in the eastern suburbs.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A sad day!

Unfortunately, our garden was vandelised on Saturday night.

The trellacing was ripped off, teepees overturned, plants uprooted, the "big bed" trampled and our scarecrow damaged and hung from a street sign.

A police report was completed and the Redfern Police have willingly agreed to increase patrols of this area.

While this is very disappointing, we are lucky that this is the 1st real incident since we started the garden nearly 12 months ago.

Work on the Retaining Wall Continues

The main focus of our July working bee was the continued construction of our retaining wall.

Everyone worked hard shovelling and barrowing soil to create a terraced area behind half of the retaining wall.

Kati & Jon explained the planting plans for this section of the terraced area, including tea, coffee and clumping bamboo (a future source of garden teepees). The garden shed, compost bins, worm farms will occupy the remaining space.

The draft Garden Plan (covering governance, gardening, communication, finance and social aspects of our group), formulated by a working group of Adam, Amanda, Janet, John, Renee and Sophie, was explained, with members invited to provide input before next working bee so that it can be finalised. This will be an evolving document that we continue to adapt inline with the garden's evolution.

Everyone enjoyed a well earned brunch supplied by Twig Cafe.

The other half of this terrace will be completed at our next working bee (August 6).

Photos (top to bottom): Before, During & After

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Winter produce: rocket, snow peas & purple aubergine

And the rocket is going great so all members come grab some from the herb garden, and a few herbs, for a side dish to go with your meals over the next weeks.

John was in the garden today so we figured he had grabbed a share of the beans. And half an aubergine each made the meal to go with our pork roast. Looking forward to it...